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Luke Richards Wins Three Australian Dirt Track Championships

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Singleton rider Luke Richards is clearly Australia‰Ûªs No. 1 dirt track and track racer for 2015 after claiming another three title wins at the Australian Senior Track Championship meeting staged at the Old Bar Roadside circuit over the weekend.

And it was a bad weekend for Troy Bayliss.

After winning three classes at the Dirt Track Championships at Gunnedah back in June Richards was again in dynamic form over the two days.

There was plenty of great racing, spiced with spills and some controversy as penalties were imposed on several riders for starting line infringements.

In the Pro Open final Richards led for three laps before Bayliss passed him, but as Richards came back with a passing move on the last corner the two bikes touched and Troy went sprawling on the track, thankfully out of harms‰Ûª way, but out of contention. Richards took the flag ahead of another Singleton rider Marty McNamara and Jarryd Oram of Kempsey.

The Pro 250 class was Richards‰Ûª second win, this time ahead of Michael Kirkness and Jarryd Oram again.

Richards completed his hat-trick of victories taking the Pro Open class, ahead of Brody Nowlan and Troy Bayliss.

The only blemish for Richards on the weekend came in the Pro 450 final when he finished fifth after the result was declared after Bayliss crashed heavily in to the fence in front of the pits enclosure while attempting to get up to second place.

Bayliss was transported to hospital with a broken collarbone and broken finger which will necessitate surgery later this week, instead of flying out to the US on Monday for more AMA Flat Track racing. There was concern that the crash may have also aggravated an old back injury.

The Pro 450 was declared as a Queensland 1-2 with Robbie Menzies-Sargant the new champion ahead of Jarred Brook, with McNamara and Kirkness next.

South Australian Ty Lynch added the Under 19 title to his previous win at the Dirt Track titles as Brook was denied the overall win because of a start penalty. Sam Lachlan was third.

Dirt Track Sidecar standouts Adam and Graham Liebke from Queensland continued their domination, this time beating veteran Gunnedah rider Daryl Woodhead with passenger Shaun Fuller, Joel Askew and passenger Scott Gillard and local club member Scott Boyd and passenger Shane Van Ginnekin.

The closest result of the meeting was the Womens Open class with Kurri teenager Keegan Pickering scoring a narrow win in the last round to edge out defending champion Briony Hendrickson of Queensland on a countback with Coffs Harbour rider Amy Wedd third.

Beside Richards the only dual winner on the weekend was Kurri ATV rider Matthew Griffiths who won both the Pro and Open classes.

Following him home were Daniel Craig and Robert Booth (Pro) and Mel Brandle and Daniel Craig (Open).

There were several support classes on the program with Kempsey rider Michael Booth cleaning up the Over 35s class ahead of Anthony Dall and Jason Morris.

The next generation of stars were on show in three junior classes with Hayden Nelson winning the 7 to Under 10s from Jacob Roulstone and Lincoln Von Mengersen, another local Jack Hyde dominated the 9 to Under 13s from Oliver Bayliss and Andrew Jordan, while Brisbane rider Max Whale edged out Kempsey duo James Chapman and Sam Davies in the 13 to Under 16s.

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